State of the Union

The State of the Union Is Rockets, Socialism, Alliteration, and Nazis: Podcast

"The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican Agenda or a Democrat Agenda. It is the agenda of the American People."


Immediately after President Donald Trump stepped down from the dias at his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward and Peter Suderman grabbed their podcasting mics to talk rockets, socialism, American greatness, alliteration, uteruses, and Nazis.

We give props to some high points in the speech ("Great nations do not fight endless wars.") We note some encouraging hints about Trump's possible legacy as a criminal justice reformer ("Alice's story underscores the disparities and unfairness that can exist in criminal sentencing—and the need to remedy this injustice.") We also ponder the possibility of a massive new entitlement ("I am also proud to be the first president to include in my budget a plan for nationwide paid family leave—so that every new parent has the chance to bond with their newborn child.") And we ultimately fret about a vision of national greatness that relies on illegal immigrants and nations who want to sell us cheap stuff as the enemies that will bind us together.

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Audio production by Mark McDaniel

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